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Exposé is a Latin freestyle pop-dance trio of the 1980s. Record producer and songwriter Lewis A. Martineé formed an all-female vocal trio called Exposé in 1984; he hired Sandra Casanas ("Sandeé"), Aléjandra Lorenzo ("Alé"), and Laurie Miller to be in the group's lineup. The next year, they recorded "Point of No Return" which became a dance hit. The year after, they recorded and released another dance single entitled "Exposed to Love". This led to their signing with Arista Records. But shortly thereafter, Casanas was fired, and Lorenzo quit to pursue other ambitions; they were replaced by Jeanette Jurado and Gioia Bruno. Before the completion of their debut album, Miller left the group due to personal and business problems and began a solo career; she was replaced by Ann Curless.

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Exposé in 1989: From left to right, Jeanette Jurado, Ann Curless, and Gioia Bruno, peforming live in Canada

Toward the end of 1986, the group released their debut album Exposure (which still consisted of background vocals done by the original members). This album proved to be one of the most successful dance albums ever released, going multi-platinum. In 1987, a rerecorded version of "Point of No Return" was released; while the first few thousand copies of Exposure contained the original version of that song, the rest of the copies contained the new version. Their biggest hit occured in the winter of 1988 with the single "Seasons Change".

During their peak, Exposé had to fight problems behind the scenes. Similar to the girl groups of the sixties, the members of Exposé had a restrictive contract, and there were reports in the media of backstage battles and threats of lawsuits. Reportedly, the record label intervened to keep peace between the members and the producers.

Their second album, What You Don't Know (1989), went gold and proved to be almost as much of a success as their debut. The success of Exposé in the US lead to a lot of similar girl groups being created by producers and existing ones being signed to labels.

In the middle of 1990, Bruno began having throat problems which soon turned out to be a benign tumor in her vocal cords. The group took a little bit of time off from their schedule in hopes that she would recover. But her health only worsened, and she was finally replaced by Kelly Moneymaker in 1992.

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Exposé in 1993: From left to right, Ann Curless, Kelly Moneymaker, and Jeanette Jurado, performing live in Providence, RI

That same year, the group released their third album Exposé, which leaned more to an adult-contemporary style. The album was not as commercially successful as their previous albums, and two singles from the album failed to make the US Top 40. Despite the disappointment, they managed to have two US Top 40 hits from the album: "I Wish the Phone Would Ring" and the #1 adult-contemporary smash "I'll Never Get Over You Getting Over Me" (most noted for a sax solo by Steve Grove, who now goes by the alias Euge Groove). In 1995, they recorded the Diane Warren-penned song "I'll Say Good-Bye for the Two of Us" for the soundtrack of the film Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home; that same year, the song was issued on Greatest Hits.

Toward the end of 1995, Arista dropped the group, and the members disbanded at the beginning of 1996 to pursue their own projects. However, over time, BMG has released two other variations of Greatest Hits collections, as well as a collection of popular remixes from their 12-inch singles.

Jurado ended up doing work with Jazz artists; Kelly Moneymaker has released a few albums (Like a Blackbird and Through these Basement Walls); while Curless has done a few low-key projects. In 1997, Bruno fully recovered from her throat tumor and began singing again. After a small stint with the band Wet, she worked on a solo career focused mostly on dance oriented material. Her first album, Expose This, was released in the Spring of 2004.

During the summer of 2003, the lineup of Curless, Jurado, and Moneymaker reunited briefly for a reunion concert. Currently, Curless, Jurado, and Moneymaker paid for permission to use the name. Bruno was invited but chose not to perform since their deal to use the name required the members to not promote their own music while doing so. No further appearances of Exposé have occured, which is likely due to this restriction.

Discography

Albums

  • 1987: Exposure
  • 1989: What You Don't Know
  • 1992: Exposé

Compilations

  • 1995: Greatest Hits
  • 1999: Master Hits
  • 2001: The Encore Collection: Seasons Change
  • 2002: Exposé's Greatest Dance Mixes

Singles

  • 1985: "Point of No Return" (lead vocals by Aléjandra Lorenzo)
  • 1986: "Exposed to Love" (lead vocals by Aléjandra Lorenzo, from the album Exposure)
  • 1987: "Come Go With Me" (US #5; lead vocals by Jeanette Jurado, from the album Exposure)
  • 1987: "Point of No Return" (US #5; rerecording of their 1985 hit; lead vocals by Jeanette Jurado, from the album Exposure)
  • 1987: "Let Me Be the One" (US #7; lead vocals by Gioia Bruno, from the album Exposure)
  • 1987: "Seasons Change" (US #1; lead vocals by Jeanette Jurado, from the album Exposure)
  • 1989: "What You Don't Know" (US #8; lead vocals by Gioia Bruno, from the album What You Don't Know)
  • 1989: "When I Looked at Him" (US #10; lead vocals by Jeanette Jurado, from the album What You Don't Know)
  • 1989: "Tell Me Why" (US #9; lead vocals by Gioia Bruno, from the album What You Don't Know)
  • 1990: "Your Baby Never Looked Good in Blue" (US #17; lead vocals by Jeanette Jurado, from the album What You Don't Know)
  • 1992: "I Wish the Phone Would Ring" (US #28; lead vocals by Jeanette Jurado, from the album Exposé)
  • 1993: "I'll Never Get Over You (Getting Over Me)" (US #8; lead vocals by Jeanette Jurado, from the album Exposé)
  • 1993: "As Long as I Can Dream" (US #56; lead vocals by Ann Curless, from the album Exposé)
  • 1994: "In Walked Love" (US #84; lead vocals by Ann Curless, from the album Exposé)

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